Nationalism theorist Rogers Brubaker proposed as an object of scholarly analysis “the modern state’s efforts to inscribe its subjects onto a classificatory grid: to identify and categorize people,” and generally drawing attention to historical actors who acquire “power to name, to identify, to categorize, to state what is what and who is who.” Pierre Bourdieu has also urged scholars to examine classification as a struggle "over the monopoly of power to make people see and believe, to get them to know and recognize, to impose the legitimate definition of the divisions of the social world and, thereby, to make and unmake groups." This conference explores classification and taxonomy as they affect nationality and nationalism. Who classifies nations, how, and why? How are taxonomies imposed or resisted? How do national taxonomies interact with racial, linguistic, civilizational, or other taxonomies? We are interested both comparative analyses of nationalist taxonomies or case studies of individual taxonomizers.
The editor of the journal Nationalities Papers has provisionally expressed interest in publishing selected papers on this topic. Nationalities Papers has been ranked Q1 for history in the “SCImago” journal rankings every year since 1999. We are open to papers from anywhere in the world, but take a particular interest in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. All submissions will go through a normal peer review process. Submission for the special issue will be due in the second half of 2016, but please get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested in participating in this project.
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